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Tsantikihin (historical)

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    • Day 10


      June 11 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      Am Morgen legen wir in Juneau an. Juneau ist die drittgrösste Stadt Alaskas und die Hauptstadt dieses Staates. Die Stadt hat knapp 32‘000 Einwohner und ist nur per Schiff oder mit dem Flugzeug erreichbar.
      Wir haben eine Walbesichtigungstour gebucht. In einer 12er-Gruppe fahren wir raus in die Fjorde. Wir haben Glück und sehen sowohl Buckelwale wie Orkas, sowie eine Kolonie Seelöwen. Ein wunderschönes Erlebnis diese Tiere in dieser fantastischen Natur zu beobachten.
      A propos Natur: die Landschaften in Alaska sind farbig, vielseitig und ihre Dimensionen sind riesig. Wir sind überwältigt von diesen Eindrücken und dankbar, dass wir das erleben dürfen.
      Nach der Tour schlendern wir noch etwas durch Juneau und geniessen ein Bier in einem Pub.
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    • Day 20

      Deadliest Catch: Red King Crab

      May 18, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Tammy's Crab Shack. Serving King Crab. A delicacy of this region. And are caught in some fairly treacherous seas - see The Deadliest Catch. Seasons 1 to eleventy hundred.

      Allan and Jan. Their interest in dining at such a place registers on the negative. Multiple times over.

      I dine alone. I feast. On Red King Crab - dipped in garlic butter. A clam chowder. The thought of it initially held limited appeal - though it was delicious!

      The Crab cakes. Krabbie patties to Hal and William. Delicious.

      I sadly could only eat 1/4 of this, so have bravely smuggled the balance back on board.

      Tracey proudly claimed she'd give you crabs. And that she did.

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    • Day 6

      Day 6 - Juneau

      September 21, 2023 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

      Whale watching boat trip in Juneau today 🐳. Lovely rainy day so we bundled up in waterproof jackets with our thermals underneath and headed off the ship. Entertaining bus driver to take us to the boat - a middle aged lady from California who said she comes to Alaska every season to do this job and has done for 19 years. Doesn't see her husband from May to October each year, maybe that's the secret to a happy marriage 🤔🤣.
      We did see about 3 humpback whales and a colony of sea lions but got very wet trying to take pics of whales who appear on the surface for about 2 seconds.
      The onboard naturalist was informative and we learned a lot about whales, which was interesting. Each whale has unique markings on its tail (or fluke) a bit like our fingerprints, so they can all be identified. They eat all summer in places like Alaska to build up blubber and then migrate to warmer places like Hawaii for the winter when they don't eat at all for a few months. Apparently most whales don't have teeth, but they have baleen plates which filter out the small fish (eg crill) as their throats are only the size of a grapefruit and they can't swallow large things. Fact of the day: if you end up in the mouth of one of these whales, don't worry, you'd be spat out again because you're too big to go down the throat ☺️.
      We were back on the ship about 4.30 so had a much needed drink to warm up and had a chat to a couple next to us about the Rockies. Mark went off for his acupuncture which he thinks helped ease his back a bit. May need more sessions once we're home....not at cruise prices hopefully!!
      Lovely dinner. The food onboard is very good and all the staff are so friendly and can't do enough for you. Can't fault the service at all.
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    • Day 7

      Juneau and Mendenhall Glacier

      May 9, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Today we docked in Juneau and booked an excursion to visit Mendenhall Glacier alongside walk some of the Ecology trails in and around the Park. We were really lucky with the weather all day again and so managed to get some great shots of the glacier and local wildlife/lakes.

      After this we walked around downtown Juneau and rejoined the ship for dinner and a talk by Libby Riddles who was the first woman to win the Iditarod in 1985.
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    • Day 27

      Auf nach Juneau

      September 21, 2023 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

      Umgeben von felsigen Bergen im Osten und dem Pazifischen Ozean im Westen, ist die im äußersten Süden von Alaska gelegene Stadt Juneau nicht mit dem Auto, sondern ausschließlich mit der Fähre oder dem Flugzeug erreichbar. Von Skagway sind wir mit der Fähre die berühmte Inside-Passage gefahren.
      Als eine der ältesten Städte des Bundesstaates, wurde Juneau nach dem Fund der ersten  Goldnuggets durch Joe Juneau und Richard Harris im Jahr 1898 gegründet. Im Jahr 1900 zur territorialen Hauptstadt ernannt, wurden alle Regierungsfunktionen im Jahr 1906 nach Juneau verlegt. Bis heute ist Juneau mit 32.000 Einwohnern die Hauptstadt Alaskas.
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    • Day 7

      Sunshine and whales

      September 10, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Another glorious day in Juneau. Can’t believe the weather. Sparkly sunshiny Alaska. Breakfast at La Terrazza watching the Norwegian Sun already docked and the Celebrity Millennium follow us in to dock. Our excursion is one of the best we’ve ever done. A photographer is in charge and she is amazing. First stop whales via a workshop on how to use a smartphone. It’s a special photography vessel and there are only 10 of us.
      It’s calm and blue sky and sparkly with a thin cloud of mist at sea level. We see so many whales and we see the rare bubble feeding, hear trumpeting and whale tails. It’s a magical experience and st one stage when I spot a whale near the mist that glints silver in the sun I cry. It’s so beautiful.
      We head to the Tongras National park for a hike to Mendenhall glacier. We learn more about photo tricks along the way and look at composition and lots of fungi. It’s spectacular. I’m starting to run out of superlatives.
      To the ship for pizza and rose wine, caviar and champagne in the room and get ready for more food. Dinner at Indochine is amazing - seafood Tom yum and lobster tail and snow crab! Mike is feeling a bit under the weather but we all enjoyed the dinner and the atmosphere- it’s a beautiful restaurant. We decide to have an early night with hot chocolate and Kahlua for a night cap. A great day!
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    • Day 16


      June 29, 2023 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

      What else is there to say?
      Went on a trip specifically to see whales and was not disappointed.
      Abbey was our guide and seemed to be more excited than anyone else in the boat.
      Along with a feeding Humpback we also spotted Orcas in the distance.
      Back on shore we wandered around Juneau (which is not very big) and were surprised
      to discover an unprecedented amount of Diamond stores, all family owned of course!
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    • Day 15

      Salmon Bake & Red Dog Saloon

      September 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      What an outstanding option to pick, driving to Salmon Bake in an old yellow school bus and seeing more of Juneau. This is one thing that has been added to the bucket list and ticked off all in one go.

      We arrive at our destination and you would think we were in the Deep South. BBQ cracklings away, running river beside the dining area that was all under marquees. Heaters and party lights plus a guitarist (Scott Ibex was playing the blues).

      It’s all you can eat starting with Clam chowder, then BBQ Salmon with all the sides. Corn bread, scallop potatoes, beans, wild rice & salads. And for those not consuming salmon there was chicken. Coffee, tea & homemade lemonade. Plus the bar had local beers. It was an amazing opportunity and I’m so glad we went.
      Relaxing listening to great music and just having fun, and just like anything it came to an end but on our way out in the bus we spotted a double rainbow 🌈 🌈
      Wow, just wow - hope this converts to a Tatts win 😁
      The driver then talked about the Red Dog Saloon, we hadn’t gone in earlier but when he mentioned that Wyatt Earp’s guns were on display we made sure we headed on in.

      How do you describe this joint:
      Sawdust on the floor,
      flags, money stapled to the ceiling..
      Mounted bears, Moose heads....
      Life preservers...
      There’s stuff everywhere....
      Guns in glass cabinets.
      People have signed anything & everything.
      And of course a country singer with a guitar. Plus the barmaids impromptu singing.
      So who are we not to sit and have a beer (root beer for Lachlan)

      Photos will never do it justice.

      What an amazing evening. Thanks for the laughs & memories Lachlan & mum 🥰
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    • Day 15

      North to Akaska

      September 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      The internet is very hit and miss so we can only cross our fingers that the posts update properly.

      It’s very quiet onboard, I’m told there’s only 1,300 people aboard, capacity for the ship is 1,432. It’s a small cruise ship compared to the others.

      We’re due to dock in Juneau early this afternoon. We’ll take a wander around then we’re booked in for the Salmon Bake @ 5pm. All you can eat Salmon, Lachlan’s very excited.

      But before all the lovely Salmon we listen to the cruise director talk about Skagway History - Dreamers, Schemers & Stampeders. Facinating history this little state has. I love they way they refer to the other US states as “the lower 48”.

      We’ve had a light lunch and decide to disembark the Ship....WOW, it’s raining bears & moose’s- we wait 20 minutes and it’s clear enough to venture out. Mums all dressed up like red riding hood.
      It’s worse than Melbourne - almost terrestrial rain then it stops for 5 minutes then down it comes again with gusty winds too boot.....
      We do a little souvenir shopping then decide this is crazy & head back to the ship.
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    • Day 7

      Welcome to Juneau

      May 22, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Mit der Seilahn auf den Berg. Für 40 Dollar pro Person mit military discount, die teuerste Aussicht die ich je genossen habe.
      Mittagessen im Saloon. Sägespäne auf dem Boden und Miss Kitty bringt das Bier.Read more

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